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strategy? we started by going to the heart of the taliban, the place where 9/11 was inspired. southern afghanistan, famous for its poppies, the taliban, and some of this war's toughest battles. lieutenant general james terry is the operational commander of the war. he agreed to take us into the notorious horn of pangway to see where we stand 11 years into this war. where we are right now, essentially this is the taliban homeland. >> we're headed right into it. >> we head over rich farm lands in kandahar province, making our way atop a strategically important hill top. >> this is looking back down over the district. >> it's a place where taliban fighters largely controlled until the u.s. troop surge of 2010. >> actually got in here and got into a pretty significant fight, a couple thousand taliban. the task force orion along task force 31. >> coalition officials say it is no longer a taliban safe haven. attacks are way down and roads are again passable. but as we witnessed firsthand, insurgents are still active. an explosion followed by a firefight erupted just below us. what's the bigg
mentioned, there are signs that the taliban continues to grow in strength in afghanistan. they carried out a costly attack, damaging and destroying eight nato fighter jets in helmand province. >> there have been fears expressed about what will happen when nato withdraws. some of the 3000 afghans who have worked for the german army are asking if they can immigrate to germany. >> hundreds of afghan workers are waiting to get into their workplace. one of them is this man. he has been working as a translator for the german troops for two years. the troops rely on him and others like him. at 21-year-old student, he is worried about -- the 21-year-old student is worried about what will happen after the bond is where -- after the bundeswehr withdraws. >> afghanistan's government does not have the capacity, they are not able to give us good jobs to run our lives better like now we are doing. >> it is the largest bundeswehr military camp in the country. hundreds of afghans are employed as part of the german deployment in this region. but their close ties the troops also put them at risk -- close ti
for getting american troops out depends on training afghan soldiers to do the fighting against taliban themselves but there have been setbacks lately as some of the trainees have turned their guns on their u.s. allies. 33 americans have been killed that way this year. what the does that do to america's road out of afghanistan? we asked charlie d'agata to hook up with a joint patrol in kandahar province. >> what you see here is the cement blocks, obstacles we put in place. >> reporter: this is the stark new reality for u.s. combat troops working alongside their afghan partners. >> it's restricted the trafficability of anything large or fast. >> reporter: and that's new within the past two weeks? >> yes. where we used to have this wide open space. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel leroy barker got orders to reinforce his small outpost in kandahar province not against the taliban but against insider attacks from his afghan partners. while there's never been one here, it's already driven a wedge between the two forces. the americans and afghans are separated by a cement walkway. u.s. troops
in the telegram that after the invasion and the overflow of the taliban in afghanistan, my sense was and my sense with hindsight i would say was that the focus heads which very quickly to iraq and indeed i was ambassador in iraq from 2005 to 2006 during the period when we had taken our eye off the ball in afghanistan and it was clear to me that the governments focus, the public focus was on iraq and having arrived in afghanistan in 2010, it struck me there was a period were some of the things we were doing in 2010 and 2009 were things that might've been done earlier, so that is what i think. we did begin cooling up the security forces in afghanistan early enough in my view and perhaps we hadn't achieved as much as we should have done. i think the focus on iraq during that period of 2003 to 2007. >> when did you realize -- [inaudible] >> it was in hindsight. i think by the time i got there at the focus has switched back to afghanistan. i think some of the decisions that already been made. the surge in troops for instance, the u.s. surgeon troops and the additional troops that were sent to helmand,
laid on the road. recently the taliban have been planting ied's that are almost impossible to detect because they contain little if any metal. a sign that the enemy is becoming more sophisticated. general mohammed is leading this operation. the 30-year-old who earns less than $300 a month tells me i do this because it's my job. i'm prepared to lose my own life, but i don't want other people to die. at the beginning of this year the afghan national army here had no idea how to diffuse an ied rather than to shoot it or set it on fire. well, now with the right training and equipment, they have the skills to disable these deadly devices. >> after 20 minutes the soldiers determined the site is clear claiming the taliban either removed it once it had been reported or a local took the ied to claim the $100 reward. in the last few months there have been alarming reports of the taliban returning, even overrunning checkpoints. the general admits the taliban are a resilient enemy and a constantly trying to infiltrate the ranks, and while there have been no insider attacks by the men under his w
se would go that were the most to credible critical. the places that the taliban was to take over, those at risk fors gains and potentially a takeover by country. instead, we wind up sending the first wave of new forces to abal part of the country with afgha relatively few people and i discovered the answer was sillym tribal rivalries. not iny afghanistan but thewn pentagon. uni it turned out that way that the troops were u.s. marines andn they wanted to bring down helicopters, their own logistics units and they didn't want to d work with u.s. army soldiers inr the areas in and around the city of kandahar.other here was the tail of our own services fighting with each other instead of fighting and common purpose against theinter. enemy. and the stories go on. oth there weras internal fightingnti within the state department, within the u.s. agency for international development. in one other tail i've recounted some in the book, we have somete serious fighting between president obama's national was i security team and senior people at the state department over tht whole question of w
their allegiance to the taliban. >> the green on blue attacks are likely to increase as the date for the withdrawal grows closer and the taliban attacks, if anything, may diminish. why should the taliban take risks when they know we're leaving. it's more for the afghan national army of course now who want to show their loyalty to taliban. >> the defense secretary leon panetta says the taliban is trying to undermine our trust and joint chiefs of staff says that won't work. >> and one army commander told me insider attacks are an affront to their honor, at odds with their culture. as for us, we are adapting to changes in that threat as well. that's what professional militaries do. >> reporter: the number of deaths from insiders attacks has risen dramatic from 20, two years ago to 35 last year and 53 this year so far, even as both sides are working hard to stop them with beefing up security on joint missions and ante up background checks on recruits. >> harris: thank you. we've heard them speak about each other and now they'll speak to each other and the nation of course. what's at steak at the debat
everyone, pakistan, national community in which the taliban agree to lay down their arms and they form a political party, there may be some deal done that gives them some positions in government in the run-up to the election as there is to perform political party community talk about amnesties. there would need to be cease-fires. all of that is asserted and you would to discuss any genuine political process. that hasn't started. >> to the extent to which we, we the whole of the international community has been participating, provided a substitute economy and afghanistan to start up allow me to develop so far. is that the incentive? is there some economic incentive that brings them into this process? is it that that's going to solve the problem is it's not constitutional matters in human rights and everything clicks >> we need to start reducing the amount of money these then on afghanistan. >> howell to be sustainable within itself? >> the economic process is one where we have to keep helping the afghans fun the development for 10 years beyond what they get on with develop
. it accomplished the primary objectives of reversing the taliban's momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increased the size and capability of the afghan national security forces. to fully understand the impact of the surge, i think it is a good thing to remind ourselves where things stood in mid-2009. at that time, the momentum was clearly on the side of the taliban. the insurgency was steadily retaking key parts of afghanistan. any time that the -- that our forces would clear an area and then leave, it was immediately taken back by the taliban. there were no areas that were transitioned, mainly because the afghan national security forces were not capable to provide security on their own or counter the taliban. the result was that afghanistan faced the real prospect that the taliban would take over large parts of the country, which ultimately would have strengthened al qaeda's hand and provided it again with a safe haven from which to plan attacks on our homeland. in short, in mid-2009, i think there was a real risk that the mission in afghanistan might very well fail. thanks to the effo
the taliban miscalculate the situation if they think their situation will be better by the end of 2014. they will be faced with a very strong and capable afghan security force. >> rose: we continue by looking at a new project in brooklyn, it's a basketball arena and a development. it brought together interesting people, including mikhail prokhorov and irina prok rovea his sister, bruce ratner the developer and karen brooks hop hopkins. >> i think the barkley center is in keeping with the spirit of brooklyn. >> wh n what way? >> it's like very energetic and you know in the history there were a lot of claims to change urban landscapes just ifill tow and we do remember that the eiffel tower, we can't imagine paris without it and i think it's just a matter of getting used to it. >> rose: nato and brooklyn when we continue. captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: anders fogh rasmussen is here, he is the secretary general of nato, he was the prime minister of denmark for eight years before assuming his current post in 2009
including three nato troops were killed in a suicide bombing just this morning. the taliban claiming responsibility for that attack it following a grim milestone over the weekend where the killing of an american serviceman late saturday pushed the total number of u.s. military deaths in s is in the war to 2000. nbc is live in kabul with the latest on this. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. three more americans, according to afghan officials were killed today in that attack that you mentioned. apparently a suicide bomber joined an american patrol. the three americans were killed along with an interpreter they were using and 12 afghans, that includes 12 afghan soldiers and civilians. the taliban did claim responsibility for that attack. over the weekend, an american civilian was killed in an attack, when afghan soldiers fired upon them, they then fired back upon the afghans killing at least three afghan soldiers this weekend. that milestone you mentioned, willie, that's 2,000 this weekend that died within afghanistan, but we've reached that 2,000 level months before, including
brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstanding. drew levinson reports. >> reporter: this weekend marked the deadly milestone in afghanistan. 2,000 american soldiers killed since the war began nearly 11 years ago. it happened at a checkpoint in the eastern part of the country. one american soldier, an american contractor and three afghan soldiers were killed in a fire fight. >> the circumstances were somewhat confused but there was a report of insurgent firing taking
orders. >>> two staff sergeants are going to be court martialed for urinating on the bodies of taliban fighters last year. three other marines received administrative punishment last month. >>> hospitals around the country are being given a warning not to try to cheat the government through the use of computerized records technology. the justice department and health and human services are focusing on what's called upcoding or raising the severity of a patient's condition to get more money. >>> and it is peak viewing time for a beautiful sight, the northern lights. these spectacular photographs were taken over the past couple of days in yellow knife, canada. doesn't get much better than that. >>> now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow closed at 13,558 after falling 20 points yesterday. the s&p was down three. the nasdaq lost 19. >>> taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei gained 22 points while in hong kong the hang seng was up 3. >>> gloomy data out of europe and another corporate caution flag. stalled markets monday. min
't know if they need to turn their war to the taliban or to the afghan government. what we do see is an uneasiness among the afghans in the province. >> that's nbc nightly news for this sunday, a reminder, our special coverage in this region. remember "at the brink" continues all week long. thanks for watching and good night.
. we do not know their nationalities yet. the taliban is claiming responsibility for this blast. the afghan interior ministry says the attacker drove a motorcycle packed with explosives into a group of soldiers and afghan police on patrol. >> this was a scene outside the building for the punk rock band pussy riot. protesters scuffled with police. some got hauled away. while that was going on outside. inside the hearing was being postponed until october 10th. one of the members says she wants to fire her lawyers because she disagrees how they're actually handle this case. you probably remember these three women in the group were sentenced to two years in prison for performing a song critical of president vladimir putin in a cathedral. the women are all appealing their sentences. >>> at least 28,000 people killed so far in the civil war in syria. now the syrian government as the foreign minister says he is going to be addressing the u.n. general assembly. our foreign affairs correspondent is joining us. good to see you in person, ellise. it is always bad news. what do we expect to
into us. the taliban claiming responsibility for that attack. this latest attack comes as the u.s. marks 2,000 troops killed in afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001. a soldier was shot and killed during a gun fight with afghan soldiers. >>> president obama appears to be winning over voters in states that could decide this election. he leads mitt romney by two percentage points among likely voters nationwide. according to the latest "washington post"/abc news poll. the president leads his republican rival by 11 points among likely voters in swing states. that includes virginia, ohio, and florida. both candidates will spend the next couple of days preparing for their first debate. it takes place wednesday night in november. the president is getting ready in nevada. romney is already in denver. >>> and vp candidate paul ryan will prepare for his debate in virginia as well. the republican congressman will hold a three-day camp starting on wednesday. it is still unknown where he'll be exactly in the state for his debate prep. as for vice president joe biden, he's using maryland repres
of the taliban, he says no one encouraged him to do this. "look at our situation. the foreigners kill our people. insult our religion. burning the holy koran and making cartoons of our prophet mohammed. if we don't defend islam, then we are not muslim." suicide bombings and other attacks are now daily currencies in the war in afghanistan. and the methods of the insurgents are constantly changing, according to the prison boss, general muhammad khan. "the enemy don't use their own tactics. now they use women. sometimes children and teenagers. they even get dressed up in military uniforms. they don't fight face to face. they're coward." the taliban denies recruiting children as suicide bombers. the facts tell a very different story. authorities say just a few days ago a 10-year-old orphan boy managed to escape from insurgents who were going to make him wear a suicide vest so he could blow himself up in front of coalition troops. rujallah has a 4-year-old son who he says he loves and misses very much. when i asked him how he'd feel if his child was used as a suicide bomber, he tells me -- "if he wan
-martial two staff targets for urinating on the bodies of taliban fighters last year. three other marines received administrative punishment last month. >>> hospitals around the country are being given a warning not to try to cheat the government through the use of computerized records technology. the justice department and health and human services are focusing on what's called upcoding or raising the severity of a patient's condition to get more money. >>> and here's a beautiful sight for you. it is peak viewing time for a beautiful sight, the northern lights. these spectacular photographs were taken over the past couple of days in yellowknife, kana. >>> olympia snowe says she will publish a memoir and says the atmosphere in washington is to blame for congressional gridlock. >>> arnold schwarzenegger launches a think tank at the university of southern california. schwarzenegger says bipartisan cooperation is the key to solving the nation's problems and says, "you cannot just do it, my way or the highway." >>> at the clinton global initiative hillary clinton's run for the white house was
in case any other ieds have been laid on the road. recently the taliban have been planting ieds that are almost impossible to detect because they contain little if any metal. a sign the enemy is becoming much more sophisticated. lieutenant mohamed is leading this operation. the 30-year-old who oearns less than $300 a month tells me, i do this because it's my job. i'm prepared to lose my own life, but i don't want other people to die. at the beginning of the year the afghan army had no idea how to diffuse an ied other than to shoot it or set it on fire. now with the right training and equipment they have the skills to disable these deadly devices. after 20 minutes, the soldiers determine the site is clear claiming the taliban either removed it once it had been reported or a local took the ied to claim the $100 reward. in the last few months there have been alarming reports of the taliban returning and even overrunning checkpoints. the taliban are a resilient enemy and constantly trying to infiltrate the ranks. while there have been no insider attacks by the men under his watch, h
, including three americans and their afghan translator. the taliban claimed responsibility. e afgfghan war began 11 years ago this weekend in response, of course, to the 9/11 terror attacks. and in all those years the u.s. thoseeen building a global counterterrorism force. but, until tonight, no camera has ever been inside one secret facility outside washington. it's called the terrorist ecreening center. everyone there has a top secret clearance and it took bob orr months to gain access and bring us this story. >> reporter: the terrorist screening center is home to the nation's top-secret information on suspected terrorists. it's so sensitive we were asked not to record any of the sounds inside this room. and we agreed to identify only an director tim healy, a veteran f.b.i. agent who overseas the f. throrist watch list of 520,000 names. >> that could be a facilitator, >> tould be a bomber, it could be a bomb maker, it could be anything. it's anybody connected to terrorism. or reporter: this clearing house of terrorist information is used everyday by t.s.a. officers, ,order agents and sta
with explosives. the afghan taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. the bombing follows the killing of two americans on sunday during a shoot out with afghan forces. >>a decade after the infamous washington, d.c. sniper murders, one of the convicted snipers says he feels like the worst scum on the planet. lee malvo was 17 when he and john muhammad went on a shooting spree that left 10 people dead over a 23-day period. muhammad was executed. malvo will spend the rest of his life in prison. he told a newspaper interiewer, he knows he's a monster. and he still lives with the pain he felt when he first saw the face of a man whose wife he murdered. >> [music] president obama and republican presidential candidate mitt romney are getting ready for their first campaign debate. it takes place wednesday in denver. romney will be campaigning in denver today with a rally scheduled there tonight. president obama does not have any public appearances scheduled.. he'll spend the day in henderson, nevada, preparing for the debate. analysts from both political parties agree the debates may be romne
. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack. it follows a grim milestone over the weekend where the killing of an american serviceman late saturday pushed the total number of u.s. military deaths in the 11-year war to 2,000. officials say the troops' death on saturday appeared to be the result of another insider attack. as of this past weekend, there have been 52 coalition troops killed from insider attacks in afghanistan so far this year. >> willie, we've been talking about it for some time. what a milestone. what a terrible, terrible milestone. and it seems a tragedy just keeps growing by the day there. the troops we're supposed to be training to take over are turning their guns on u.s. servicemen and killing them. >> 2,000 americans dead. $570 billion. we sound like a broken record. we say it every time one of these stories comes up. but again i ask, is this what the next two years and change is going to look like in afghanistan? are we prepared to go through at least 2 1/2 more years of this with the withdrawal date at the end of 2014? because it's not going to end. >> we th
are going to withdraw and the taliban will come back and sees as much as they can. ashley: the arab spring, what challenges does it pose with regards to security in the region? >> lebanon is clearly a lost cause, and the israelis are watching. iraq is going the wrong direction, the president has no solution to what is going on with iran contaminating the entire region. we have a policy that is absolutely bankrupt, it is going to lead to far broader problems across that part of the world and also the underbelly of europe. he think we have had it bad, this rate it will get much worse. ashley: all right, thank you so much. they will have much more on the administration's response to libya and afghanistan later coming up with the "a-team." no more bailouts, national debt is over, but states with pension problems totaling 20 half trillion more, taxpayer bailout ahead if president obama wins a second term? the american economy, millions remain out of work and the fiscal cliff looms as wall street poised for lame duk rallied to matter who wins in november? joining us next. seems they haven't bee
, but we cannot defeat the taliban in any conventional sense because they are a guerrilla army. the only way out is to do what president obama and secretary hillary clinton are trying to do, negotiate, promote negotiations between the afghan government and the taliban. keep up military pressure on the taliban, but brought down american forces. -- draw downed american forces spirit that is the only way out for the united states we are training hundreds of thousands of afghan soldiers, and some of them have been turning bonds on american allies, killing our soldiers -- turning guns on our american allies, killing our soldiers. it does show that the afghan government is very weak, there is a lot of corruption in the afghan government, and you have to wonder -- the afghan government is going to have to take responsibility and do a better job of vetting the people in the military so they don't go after people in uniform. host: roxana in new jersey, a democrat. caller: i want to talk about that caller who talked about romney running for president on his own agenda. i think that he is not the r
that were patrolling a market. the taliban claiming responsibility. the attack comes a day after two americans were killed in the shootout between afghans and american troops. >>> we're two days away from the first presidential debate. president obama's campaign trying to lower expectations by saying he is at the disadvantage. >> now challengers tend to do really well in debate. that's been moment we believed all along governor romney probably has more benefit out of this debate potentially than we do. >> gretchen: republican vp nominee paul ryan agrees and says mitt romney will show voters there is a clear choice. >> people will see is who is mitt romney? what kind a president will be and what are the choices i have? that, to me s what matters in this debate and alt debates, which is i know what president obama has done. i know all of these empty promise, broken promises. i know about the ugly stagnant economy. what is mitt romney and paul ryan offering? that's what we'll get out of wednesday. >> gretchen: the denver debate will focus on domestic policy. >>> the search for a houston
. so the taliban sat back and knew when we would leave. one of the reasons we have this green on blue violence in the insider attacks, we're asking service men and women to do more with less. we don't have enough on the ground to provide the force protection we need. and that's a shame. >> let us know on twitter, and what you think. and of course on our facebook page. did the president's claims add up or not? and now we want to go to tennessee where a college student nearly died after consuming large amounts of alcohol through a rather unconventional and disturbing way. an enema. the university of tennessee student was taken to the hospital in critical condition with a blood alcohol level over 4.0. tonight he's out of the hospital, but the university my cappa alpha fraternity has been suspended amid an investigation. our george howell is "outfront" tonight following an investigation. and george, i appreciate your taking the time. it's a really disturbing story, image, this happening. so what exactly went down? >> reporter: erin, these facts disturbing, to say the least. as you mention
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